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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Railways has added new features to its existing parcel management system. As per official sources, the computerization of parcel management system is being extended from 84 locations to additional 143 locations in phase-II and 523 locations in phase –III.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Parcel Management System (PMS) of the Indian Railways is quite popular and is extensively being used by traders and other small businesses for transportation of their merchandise from bigger cities and production centres to the place of their business in a fast, reliable and cheap manner.

Common man also uses these services for transportation of house-hold goods, furniture, two-wheelers– for which parcel services are the only convenient mode of transportation.

Modernization of Parcel Management System New Features:

-Provision of 120 days advance booking of parcel space has been enabled in PMS.

-Showing availability of parcel space on the online e-forwarding note module on PMS website.

-Generation of forwarding note online by registered customers with fare estimate.

-Booking of parcel/luggage at parcel office at stations through computerized counters and automatic capturing of weight through electronic weighment of consignment.

-Barcoding on each consignment for tracking of parcel o Status updation of packages through GPRS network transmission of data from hand held mobile devices through scanning of barcodes.

-SMS to customers (sender and receiver) at each stage from parcel booking, loading, unloading to delivery on registered mobile given at the time of booking.

-Tracking of packages through parcel website www.parcel.indianrail.gov.in Mobile application on Android platform for customers. New Android based application to enable feeding of Loading/ unloading and revenue data from non-PMS stations dealing with parcel traffic.

-Online GSTN verification of the sender through GSTN portal at the time of booking.

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